Ready to overcome a life-long fear of water, Carol became a member of the YWCA St. Paul Health & Fitness Center (HFC) and bravely enrolled in an aquatics class. “It’s taken a lot of courage to admit I’m afraid of the water, but the YWCA has provided a safe, friendly, nonjudgmental community for me to begin conquering my fear,” she said.
Only a few months into her class, Carol noticed exciting improvements. She was able to go nearly 5 feet deep, and, with assistance from a water noodle, no longer needed to hold onto the wall for support. Today, Carol is greatly enjoying her time in the water and looks forward to making even greater strides. Her next goal: getting her head under water.
Whether for safety reasons, to stay in shape, or for additional recreational options, Carol knows her hard work is opening a lot of doors. “I put this challenge out to myself, and I’m excited to see how far I can go from here.”